Last night at the Knitting Factory several hundred headbanging heathen brethren (and sistren) of the local metal militia joined forces to throw horns up for some of Boise’s best local talent. If you were not there then the term “epic fail” comes to mind.
I arrived late to the event, for my own moment of “fail” and missed show kickstarters Unto the Legions, who I’m told came out bruising flesh and caving skulls. Apologies, brothers, I will make it a point to catch you next time.
Next up were Villainous, and in fact they were: Stealing the spotlight, raping our ears, and overall creating sonic bedlam. Villainous were part of September’s Behind the Bars concert at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. They only performed five songs, but they made them count, and that’s what matters. It’s not the quantity of blood you spill it’s the quality of the aftermath you leave in your wake.
Fruitland-based, Ashes of Abaddon hit the stage next, throwing down the gauntlet with “Turn of the Fist”. The quartet powered through eight tracks of brain brutalizing down-tuned metal, including songs like “Evil Toymaker”, “Advancing Doom” and the set closer, “The Infected”. For many at The Knit, this was their first taste of AoA, and the guys made them pay the price in a positively memorable way.
Headlining the event, as they so often do, were Boise’s favorite serial killer abetting sons, Karin Comes Killing. One can never go wrong with a KCK show, and last night was no exception. The quintet tore straight into “Raped to Death” and “Better Than Sex” to get the frenzy started. The punishing continued on through eight jaw crushers like “God Complex” “Karma” and “Quick Fix” before bringing the house down with fan favorite, “Kolumbian Necktie”.
Ashes of Abaddon drummer Brett Widmer and local music supporting Goddess Valerie Jenks were instrumental in putting this event together. Brett was quick to point out that Valerie did all the heavy lifting and he was there just there to look good. They, along with the fantastic Knitting Factory staff did an amazing job.
This event was a brilliant reminder of how important and rewarding it is to get out and support the local music scene: Fun, camaraderie, great music all combine to elevate all that is special about Boise.